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Police in Detroit tout success of Project Greenlight after marijuana bust


Gus Burns
MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

Detroit police say they used a real-time video feed streamed from a gas station to arrest a man who was freely selling drugs inside the business.

The video was provided through Detroit’s Project Greenlight program, which allows participating businesses to share surveillance video in real time with the police department.

While monitoring the feed about 3 p.m. Aug. 30, police spotted the man, who appeared to be selling drugs from a blue backpack to a gas station patron wearing a reflective safety vest.

Police responded to the gas station to investigate and the man, later identified as 27-year-old Deequan Starks, ran from officers, but was soon captured and arrested.

Police seized six baggies containing marijuana, cash and other personal items.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged Starks with a count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Project Greenlight began in 2016 and now has about 200 participating businesses. The cost to install the high-definition camera system is estimated to be between $4,000 and $6,000 with a $180-per-month data storage and leasing fee.


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